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Chevrolet Volt Batteries Could Enable Renewable Energy Solutions

Partnership with ABB Group to identify post-vehicle applications for Volt batteries
General Motors and ABB Group will work together to develop pilot projects for re-using the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle, examining whether the batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could  improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.
The opportunity is the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between General Motors and ABB Group.
The two companies are collaborating to determine how the Volt’s 16-kWh lithium-ion batteries can be used to provide stationary electric grid storage systems once the batteries have fulfilled their usefulness in customers’ vehicles.
The ultimate goal is to provide cost-effective, innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency …

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Chevrolet Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year

First Electric Vehicle to Win Top Prize in Award’s Seventh Year
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended-range capability today was named Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year®. The Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the award.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com.  “The electric vehicles that were test marketed in the 1990s tantalized us, but were without a solid business case.  What a difference a decade makes.” 
The Volt runs purely on electricity for 25 to 50 miles on a single charge before a 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator seamlessly engages to create electricity to drive the wheels for …

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Chevrolet Volt: Engineered for Everyday Life

Without a doubt, the engineering of the Chevrolet Volt’s electric drive unit is very sophisticated, leading to some discussion about how it operates.  However, this technology provides easy-to-understand benefits that drivers of the Chevrolet Volt will enjoy every day.
The Volt is a better, practical electric vehicle with extended range.  After the battery is fully charged, the Chevrolet Volt will operate as a pure electric vehicle, and will not consume a drop of gas, for between 25 and 50 miles of operation. That electric power will propel the Volt during its all-electric range in any driving situation, whether it’s commuting to work, driving around town to run errands, or traveling down the highway at higher speeds.  …

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Chevrolet to Compete in 2012 IndyCar Series with New V-6 Engine

Returns to Open-Wheel Competition as Engine Maker in Partnership with Team Penske
Chevrolet will compete in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series with a new twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 racing engine powered by renewable E85 ethanol fuel. The new purpose-built Chevy IndyCar engine will be developed jointly by General Motors and Ilmor Engineering.
Team Penske is the first IndyCar team to commit to Chevrolet power in 2012. The Chevrolet IndyCar engine will be available to all entrants in accordance with the series’ regulations.
“Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a proving ground for manufacturers since Louis Chevrolet, our co-founder, first raced here in 1909,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Our return to IndyCar as Chevrolet enters its centennial …

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Development Simulator Speeds Validation of Future Infotainment Solutions

- Safety drives General Motors’s technology development
- Chevrolet Volt first to use leading-edge simulator
WARREN, Mich. — As the path between consumer electronics and vehicle connectivity converge, Chevrolet, Buick GMC and Cadillac are focused on making the drive safe, yet pleasurable, while offering access to a variety of smart in-vehicle infotainment technologies.  
Drivers and passengers want to be informed and entertained, and General Motors plans to leverage various technologies to provide cutting-edge solutions to safely meet consumer needs.  GM will be a leader in providing safe, smart and easy-to-use features that will transform the way people interact with their vehicles. 
“Within the next nine to 18 months, GM will aggressively introduce a wide variety of in-vehicle infotainment solutions …

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GM Forum Addresses Reinvention of the Automotive Industry through Technology Innovation

- GM leads the development of next-generation powertrains to meet the need for efficient and diverse energy sources
- Smartphones transforming interaction with vehicles: GM’s innovative technologies will make future cars safer, smarter, and more convenient
- Enhancing the innovation system, getting ready for the “power play” in the future
Shanghai – General Motors hosted the Technology Solutions – Roadmap to Reinvention forum today at the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai. The fifth installment of GM’s “Drive to 2030″ Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum series brought together experts from related fields to present their views on a range of urban challenges that will impact future transportation. Participants discussed how these challenges continue to inspire technological innovation, how …

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